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Does your dog dream?

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Does your dog dream?

There is no scientific certainty as to whether a dog dreams or not, but it is hard to imagine that he is not dreaming. We have all seen dogs behave during sleep similar to their behavior in a fully awake state. Leggings, snarls, snarls, tail wagging, neck biting, and nose tic motivate us to think about what our dog is doing.


Our Understanding of Dogs and Dreams


Although our knowledge of dogs and dreams is very limited, the following known information may help us believe that dogs experience dreams. According to MIT News, Matthew Wilson, a professor of neuroscience at MIT, and Kenway Louis

, a graduate student in 2001, studied the relationship between memory, sleep, and dreams. They found that when rats were trained to follow a circular track to find food rewards, their brains produced a unique firing pattern of neurons (brain cells). The researchers repeated brain monitoring while the rats were sleeping. In the low and low positions, they observed the same characteristic patterns of brain activity associated with running, regardless of whether the rat was awake or asleep. In fact, the playback speed of the memory in sleep is about the same as the playback speed of the rat when it is awake.


Can we apply it to dogs?


Can we accept knowledge about the mouse and human dreams and apply it to information about the dog? Wilson thinks we can. "By my guess, unless there is something special between mice and humans, cats and dogs behave exactly the same," he said.


It is well known that the hippocampus is the part of the brain that collects and stores memories. The wiring in all mammals is almost the same. According to, Professor Wilson said: "If you compare the hippocampus of a rat with that of a dog, then for humans, they contain the same parts." He believes that when the dog sleeps, past events replayed in their minds, as do people remembering their own experiences when they are dreaming.


According to the National Institutes of Health, most people's dreams occur during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Dogs also experience rapid eye movement sleep. The Psychology Today website says that during REM, your breathing becomes more irregular and shallower. Muscle cramps may occur during REM, and when you look closely, you can usually see rapid eye movements behind the closed eyelids. During REM sleep, behaviors considered to be related to dreams (splashing, cramping, vocalization, etc.) are most often observed.


Our belief in dog dreams


When we observe dogs sleeping, we can hardly imagine that they have no dreams. Like the mice studied by Wilson and Louie, it is easy to believe that our best four-legged friends are recreating their recent experiences. Play in the dog park, sniff in the woods, chew precious bones and chase squirrels.


The National Institutes of Health said that Sigmund Freud (Sigmund Freud) theoretically believes that dreams are a "safety valve" to satisfy our subconscious desires. Maybe you are right. When our dogs sleep, they dream of catching the neighbor’s pesky cat, rubbing their belly with unlimited dog treats, and stealing Thanksgiving turkey from the table.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian. They are the best resource to ensure the health and wellness of pets.

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